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3 days left to buy tickets to HCAS’s 11th Annual Pieces of the Puzzle Gala! Check out some of our Live Auction items!

Last 3 days to get tickets!
$150 per person / $1,500 per table
No tickets will be sold after Midnight, April 15th
Click here to buy tickets
Saturday, April 30, 2016
7 pm @ The Hotel at Arundel Preserve
 There will be a Live Auction*, Silent Auction, Photo Booth,  80’s Trivia and iPad Air 2 Raffle.
List of Live Auctions:
Item 1
Sunday at the Iron Bridge with Vince
You and three friends can spend a Sunday afternoon with the Dean of Iron Bridge University at the Communal table. Vince will lead you through a lively tasting of spectacular wines. You will also be treated to fabulous food prepared by the chefs of the Award Winning Iron Bridge Wine Company. Iron Bridge Wine Company has just been named by Baltimore Magazine’s 50 Best Restaurants for the tenth time in 13 years! Date to be mutually agreed upon.
Value: $600. Courtesy of Steve Wecker and the Iron Bridge Company
Item 2
Fly Away!
Four one way e- pass tickets anywhere in United States on Southwest Airlines. The Southwest flight e-passes are valid for travel on Southwest only in the United States, its territories and its possessions, including Puerto Rico. While there are no blackout dates, travel must be completed by April 15, 2017.
Value: $800. Courtesy of Southwest AirlinesItem 3
Down by the Ocean
Enjoy a weeklong stay in an oceanfront luxury three-bedroom condominium in mid-town Ocean City! Sea Terrace Building, Unit #906, is located at 8800 Coastal Highway. The weeks available are Saturday, September 10th through 17th, September 17th through 24th, as well as any week in October. Successful bidder to select their week by May 31, 2016.
Value: $1200 per week. Courtesy of John and Debbie Clutts

Item 4
Golfer’s Delight
One week at Marriott’s Grande Ocean Resort on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Two- bedroom ocean view villa that sleeps 8. This is the week of PGA Heritage golf tournament at Harbour Town Golf Links at Sea Pines!
Value: $3,000. Courtesy of Terry Kemp

Item 5
Raven’s Hall of Famer
24×36 Autographed and Framed Jonathan Ogden Hall of Fame Photo Collage. Inducted into Hall of Fame in 2013, Ogden was the first inductee to spend his entire playing career as a Baltimore Raven.
Value: Priceless. Courtesy of Smyth Jewelers

FAPE Conference Registration is Now Open! The Out-of-Sync Child: Sensory Challenges and Sensible Solutions

HCAS in conjunction with Rise for Autism and HCPSS Presents The Out-of-Sync Child: Sensory Challenges and Sensible Solutions 
Speaker:  Carol Kranowitz  on Saturday, May 14  at  9 am – 4 pm
Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) gets in children’s way – and in their families’ and teachers’ way too! This presentation is perfect for parents, educators, therapists, and other professionals and will review how SPD plays out at home and school, and how to recognize underlying sensory issues. The program will offer sensory strategies and fun and functional “In Sync” activities, which benefit ALL kids in the family and classroom.

Participant: $35.00 per person, includes the cost of lunch

CEU Participant: $50.00 per person, includes the cost of lunch and 6 Occupational Therapy CEUs

Registration starts at 8:30am


9:00: Sensory Processing

10:30: Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)

1:00: Identifying and Treating SPD in Young Children

2:30: Kids Gotta Move!

Click here to register

2016 Howard County Transition Symposium

**Online registration for this event is now closed!**

**Tickets will be available at the door on the day of the event**


2016 Howard County Transition Symposium

Saturday, March 19th, 8 am – 5 pm

Cedar Lane School, 11630 Scaggsville Rd, Fulton, MD 20759

Click here for more information and registration.

If you’re interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at the Transition Symposium, please complete the form below and return to

2016 Symposium Sponsor Form

Please call with any questions:  410-290-3466

‘Autism from a Parents’ Perspective’ WebEx Available

On January 21, HCAS and the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) came together to present a WebEx entitled “Autism from a Parents’ Perspective”.  This 1-hour WebEx starts with an ‘Autism 101’ type presentation, followed by a panel of APL employees who are parents of children on the spectrum to discuss their experiences.

The WebEx in its entirety can be viewed by clicking here.

HCAS would like to thank the APL Parents Information Exchange for sponsoring this presentation and making it happen!

Gala Registration Coming Soon!

Registration for the 12th annual Pieces of the Puzzle HCAS gala is coming soon!  We are honored once again to have the support of the John P. Hussman Foundation as our Presenting Sponsor. Please check back after February 15th when registration should be open for this wonderful event.

HCAS – HCPD Expanded Partnership Announcement

HCAS Announces an Expansion of Partnership with the Howard County Police Department!


The Howard County Police Department (HCPD) will partner with the Howard County Autism Society (HCAS) to provide entry level recruits first-hand experience with autism as they interact with children, adults, and families affected by the developmental disorder.

Organized by Academy Class 40, recruits will volunteer at upcoming social events hosted by HCAS, and will assist in fundraising efforts for the annual Pieces of the Puzzle Autism Gala to be held on April 30th. Recruits will be able to engage with self-advocates and families with autism in positive and non-threatening environments.

The full press release can be viewed here.

Race Results are In! Still time to donate!

The Howard County Autism Society held its 9th Annual One Step Closer Autism Walk & 5K Run on Sunday November 1, 2015 at Centennial Park in Ellicott City. The event was a huge success and we would like to thank everyone who came out to support HCAS and the community.


Our teams have done an incredible job this year raising money for this event! But, it’s not too late to join in on the excitement and raise funds. To check out how your team is doing or to donate to your favorite runner click here.

How did you do in the race? For race results please click here.

Visit Our New Online “Special Education News Center”

Visit the new online “Special Education News Center” designed to provide parents with essential resources for understanding, accessing, and succeeding in the world of special education. The information provided here is meant to encourage parent advocacy and promote collaboration between home and school. It is intended to educate parents on the rights guaranteed by IDEA. And, most importantly, it is available to assist parents in accessing key special education staff at the county level and the state level.

Learn More